[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar]
noun, plural devoirs [duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar] .
an act of civility or respect.
devoirs, respects or compliments.
something for which a person is responsible; duty.

1250–1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever < Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever) < Latin dēbēre to owe; cf. debt Unabridged
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devoirs (dəˈvwɑː, French dəvwar)
pl n
(sometimes singular) compliments or respects; courteous attentions
[C13: from Old French: duty, from devoir to be obliged to, owe, from Latin dēbēre; see debt]

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